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April 16, 1965 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-04-16

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British Parties Reaffirm Friendship
for Israel; Aide Backs Right to Arms

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON — Richard Crossman,
British Housing Minister, said
Monday night that Britain would
consult with the UN in any threat
to the peace in the Middle East,
but that "meanwhile we do ac-
knowledge the principle that all
countries in the region have the
right to arms to defend them-
Emphasizing that he was speak-
ing as a government representa-
tive, Crossman also toad a dinner
in honor of retiring Israeli Am-
bassador Arthur Lourie that
Britain's desire "to be friendly
with the Arabs will not be allowed
to affect our relations with Is-
The dinner was given by the
Zionist Federation of Britain and
Ireland and was addressed also by
Selwyn Lloyd, former Conserva-
tive foreign secretary and now a
member of the opposition shadow
"We are not going to change
our policy by sacrificing our friend-
ly relations with the Jewish state
to try to gain the friendship of
Nasser and the United Arab Re-
public," the British Labor leader
added. He said that it was "indeed
great progress" that such a state-
ment could be made on behalf of
the British government.
Lloyd told the dinner guests
that he and his friends knew

"very well" that Israel was
threatened publicly by Arab
leaders with extermination. He
added that British conservative

leaders also knew of Israel's
contribution to the community of
In his response, Lourie said that
a turning point in Israeli-British
relations had occurred while Lloyd
was in office and that the under-
standing between the two coun-
tries had since grown and deep-
ened. That spirit, he said, had
manifested itself in many ways,
some practical, others less palpable
but no less important. He hailed
the existence in Britain of a bi-
partisan policy about Israeli, which
he said was shown in the appear-
ance at the dinner of Crossman
and Lloyd. He said he was happy
to affirm that the recent change



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in the British government from
Conservative to Labor simply em-
phasized that "friendship for Is-
rael is not a party matter."
On Sunday, more than 1,000
conference of the Federation
called for a general disarma-
ment agreement for the Middle
East, to be guaranteed by all
great powers.
In a resolution, the delegates
condemned the Arab boycott of
Israel and voiced concern at the
deteriorating situation in the
Middle East.
Commenting on the British gov-
ren•ent's urging of Israel to turn
to the 'United Nations if the Arabs
eventually resorted to diverting
the headwaters of the Jordan, Am-
bassador Lourie noted that the UN
itself was deadlocked on this very
issue. He also cited Soviet sup-
port of the Arabs at the United
Nations, which gave the Arab
states an automatic veto of any
measure they considered to their
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
said in the House of Commons
Tuesday that conditions in the
Middle East had changed greatly
since Britain joined with the
United States and France in
11950 to sign the Tripartite Dec-
laration, guaranteeing existing
Arab-Israel borders.
"The original declaration was
signed at a time when the three
signatories were virtually — and
could regard themselves virtually
— as arbitrators of Middle East
policy," the Prime Minister told
the House. "This is no longer the
position, partly because of inter-
vention by the Soviet Union and
other countries, and partly because
of certain aspects of the growth
of Arab nationalism, going far be-
yond the maintenance of particu-
lar frontiers."
He added that "certainly if the
circumstances became appropriate,
there is nothing, I am sure, the
whole House would like better
than to get some kind of. agree-
ment on arms supplies, arms con-
trol and the banning of nuclear
weapons in that area."
(In New York Sunday, the Her-
ald Tribune quoted Israel's per-
manent representative to the
United Nations, Ambassador Mi-
chael Comay, as saying that Is-
rael, expecting a new outburst of
Arab violence, "will rely less on
the United Nations and more on
the influence of the United States
and its own strength in the cris-

14—Friday, April 16, 1965



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Johnson Signs Education Aid Bill •
AJCongress Out to Test It in Court

President Johnson signed into law
here Sunday the administration's
$1,300,000,000 aid-to-education bill
which, among other things, pro-
vides governmental aid to paro-
chial schools. Among the provi-
sions of the act are the following:
1) It allocates $100,000,000 to
public and private schools includ-
ing Jewish, Catholic and Protestant
parochial schools, for textbooks
and library materials:
2) Under the program of sup-
plementary education centers, it
makes available another $100,000
for remedial instruction, teaching
machines, laboratory equipment as
well as teaching and other services
to non-profit private schools as
well as the public schools;
3) It authorizes "dual enroll-
ment" or "shared-time" arrange-
In New York, the American
Jewish Congress announced it
would seek a prompt court test
of the constitutionality of pro-
visions in the act giving govern.
ment aid to religiously con-
trolled schools.
Howard M. Squadron, chairman
of the organization's commission
on law and social action, said the
Jewish group "strongly supported"
federal aid to public schools. But,
he said, the AJC would challenge
"those parts of the Morse-Perkins
Act that violate the First Amend-
ment guarantee of separation of
church and state."
Squadron spoke at a meeting of
the national governing council of
the American Jewish Congress. In
a resolution, the Council's policy-
making body authorized participa-
tion by the organization's legal
staff in one or more test cases de-
signed to challenge the new act.
Constitutionality of the act
also will be challenged by the
Protestants and Other Americans
United for Separation of Church
and State.
Soon after, four national Or-
thodox Jewish Organizations
called for the American Jewish
community's broadest support of
the act and voiced strong crit-
icism of the American Jewish
The statements were issued on
behalf of the organizations by
Rabbi Morris Sherer, executive
vice president of Agudath Israel;
Rabbi Israel Miller, president of
the Rabbinical Council of Amer-
ica; Moses I. Feuerstein, president
of the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America; and
Amos Bunim, national chairman of
Torah Umesorah, the national so-
ciety for Hebrew day schools,
which represents 300 such schools
in the United States. The ruling
bodies of all the Orthodox groups
held special, emergency meetings
Monday on the issue.
All the organizations criticized
the AJC for its stand on the new
law, asserting that the AJC does
not speak for the entire Jewish

Israeli Scouts to Act
as Camp Aides in U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Eleven
Israel Boy Scouts will be junior
counselors at the seven Young Ju-
dea camps in the United States this
summer and will add an Israeli
flavor to the camp programs, Ye-
hoshua Yadlin, secretary general
of Tsofim, Israel Scouting Asso-
ciation, announced.
By teaching Israeli songs and
dances and Hebrew, and by helping
to lead the scouting and sports
program at the Young Judea camps,
they will draw American Jewish
youth and Israeli youth into closer
relationships, he said. They will
also attend Boy Scouts of America
In Israel, the Tsofim have 22,000
members, including Arabs, Chris-
tians and Druze. National Young
Judea, which is supported by
Hadassah and the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America, is the American
"brother movement" of the Tsofim
in Israel. .• , .

community in this country. They
hailed the new act as a historic
milestone in providing for aid to
the educational needs of all chil-
dren, without discrimination as to
the type of school they attend.
The National Council for Jewish
Education, the professional associ-
ation of Jewish educators, an-
nounced its endorsement of the
new law.
Dr. Eleazar Goelman, president
of the NCJE, said that, in its en-
dorsement, the Council strongly
urged that "in the administration
of all phases of the bill, provision
be made for maintaining and safe-
guarding the autonomy of all educa-
tional organizations, public and
Rabbi Max J. Routtenberg, pres-
ident of the Rabbinical Assembly,

the /rational association of Con-
servative rabbis, issued the follow-
ing statement: "We deplore the
hasty and precipitous announce-
ment by the American Jewish Con-
gress that it will test the consti-
tutionality of the federal elemen-
tary and secondary education bill,
made on the very date that the
President signed it into law.
"We particularly regret the im-
pression which this announcement
may have left in the minds of
many Americans that this inter-
pretation of the principle of church-
state separation is shared by sub-
stantial segments of American
Jews. The absence of Jewish ecu-
menicity,. which makes such activ-
ity possible, must be considered a
major problem for the American
Jewish community."

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Our heartiest greetings go forth to our families,
our many associates in the community's affairs, to
Jewish communities everywhere. We reaffirm our
faith in the ideal of freedom for all, and we are
confident that the democratic idea will triumph.
We renew our faith as we read again in the Pass-
over Hagadah this admonition to us to perpetuate
the message of the great Festival of Freedom:

"In every generation, one ought to regard
himself as though he had personally come out of
Egypt. As it is said: 'And thou shalt tell thy son
on that day, saying: This is on account of what the
Lord did for me when I went forth from Egypt.'
Not only our forefathers did the Holy One, blessed
is He, redeem, but also ourselves did He redeem
with them. As it is said: 'And us did He take out
from there, in order to bring us hither, to give us
the land which he had sworn unto our fathers'."




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